Hyper-Spectral & Multi-Spectral Imaging

Hyper-Spectral Imaging Focal Plane Arrays (HSI-FPA) have been developed for imaging in the ultra-violet (UV), 0.200 - 0.320 micron in wavelength, to the very long wave infrared (VLWIR), 8-16 micron in wavelength. The true potential of this newly developed and innovative technology is yet to be fully realized.
A diagram of the HSI-FPA is shown below.

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An array of MFPI (click to enlarge)

It's most innovative aspects are (1) high sensitivity, (2) hyper-spectral tunability, (3) small pixel size, (4) high spatial resolution, and (5) compactness. It accomplishes this by using three separate arrays: a tuner Micro Fabry-Perot Inteferometer (MFPI) array for hyper-spectral tuning, a sensor MFPI array for sensing tuned bands, and a silicon detector array for detecting the visible beam.

The next figure is an example of an array of Micro Fabry-Perot Inteferometers (MFPIs) fabricated entirely on silicon by micromachining.

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An example of a micromachined MFPI structures.
(click to enlarge)

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